Attractions Around Keswick

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
reconstructed lead/copper mine, visitor centre, heavy machinery and locomotives, picnic area, panning for gold. Small attraction. 3 miles E of Keswick S of Thelkeld village off B5322 signposted. Opening times and admission details on website or tel. 017687 79747
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Honister Slate Mine Outdoor Adventure
underground mine tours, Via Ferrata (harnessed climbing system up old miners' route to top of Fleetwith Pike), zip wire across valley, factory trail, visitor centre, shop, cafe. 3 mine tours; Kimberley, mainly level, The Edge, more adventurous, same price, pre-book during holidays. Cathedral Mine, bespoke tour, fit and active visitors. Via Ferrata or All day pass, mine tour, lunch, Via Ferrata. Plus zip must be booked in advance on 017687 77714. Factory trail, visitor centre, parking free. Big all-day attraction. Arrive 30mins before start of all tours. Equipment provided. Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XN Tel. 017687 77230
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Keswick Museum
History of Keswick and its famous residents in Victorian purpose-built museum. Model of Lake District and musical instrument made of slate among unusual features. Fitz Park, Station Road, CA12 4NF on N edge of town signposted from town centre across River Greta. Large building standing alone at edge of park. Small attraction, free admission. Tel. 01768 773263
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Cars of the Stars
Famous cars (there are more than you would think) in film settings. Standish Street Keswick CA12 5LS town centre, off Victoria Street, signposted. Small attraction Opening times, admission details on website or telephone: 017687 73757
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The Puzzling Place
optical illusions, anti-gravity room, hologram gallery etc. Museum Square, Main Street, Keswick CA12 5DZ town centre. Small attraction. Opening times and admission details on the website or Tel. 017687 75102
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Pencil Museum
Pencils have been produced in Keswick for 350 years. Find out why and how. Exhibitions, artists' demonstrations, children's art area, shop, coffee shop. Small to mid-size attraction. Opening times, enquiries email link and admission details on website Southey Works, Keswick CA12 5NG N of town centre, follow Main Street, turn off at Carding Mill Lane. From A66 take A5271 (Crosthwaite Road) into Keswick, turn left at T-junction and 1st left. Tel. 017687 73626
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Keswick Mining Museum
nationally important collection of mining memorabilia with displays on all aspects of mining in Cumbria and the North. Geology and Mineral Room, how Lake District was formed, how mineral veins occurred, forming of fossils, glowing rocks in crystal cave. Mining and smelting techniques from Stone Age to present, gunpowder manufacture, Mines Rescue Service etc, gold panning, 2 hour video, shop. Small attraction. Opening times and admission details on website. Otley House, Otley Road, Keswick, CA12 5LE town centre. Tel. 017687 80055
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Keswick Launch on Derwent Water
Launches sail on the 3 miles x 1.5 miles lake with 4 islands, calling at six landing stages on request to let walkers on and off. Sail clockwise from Keswick at 10am and anti-clockwise from 9.45am. Sailings on the hour from Lake road jetties. Timetables and fares on website, tickets from kiosk near jetties or from the Moot Hall Tourist Information Centre in centre of Keswick Small to mid-size attraction. Tel. 017687 72263
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Mirehouse
Spedding family home for more than 300 years with literary connections and grounds which stretch from Dodd Wood to Bassenthwaite Lake. 4 woodland playgrounds, heather maze, poetry walk, rhododendron tunnel and walled bee garden. Connections to Tennyson, Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas Carlyle and William Wordsworth. Tearoom. Mid-size attraction. Gardens, playgrounds, lakeshore walks and tearoom. opening and admission details on their website. Signposted off A591 4 miles N of Keswick CA12 4QE Tel. 017687 72287
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Thornthwaite Galleries
More than 130 exhibitors, many from Cumbria and the NW show work plus changing exhibitions every two weeks. Includes paintings and prints, ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, furniture, sculpture, photography, glassware. Teashop. Open daily 10am-5pm, teashop closes 4.30pm. Small attraction. Free admission. In Thornthwaite village 2.5 miles NW of Keswick signposted from A66. CA12 5SA Tel. 017687 78248